Jan 29 Workshop: Earth Altars for Troubled Times

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MorningAltars founder Day Schildkret. Click image to see more of his earth altars.

Start the new year with MorningAltars founder Day Schildkret & Life-Cycle Celebrant Holly Pruett for a day of beauty-making to honor the darkest season and the grief of these troubled times.

Date: Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 10am-4pm. Tickets via Eventbrite.

Beauty in the Darkness: Crafting Earth Altars for Troubled Times

On Sunday, Jan. 29, we’ll gather for this rain-or-shine outdoor event at Portland’s historic, nonprofit River View Cemetery, the region’s leader in natural burial. Day will teach us his seven-step process to create impermanent earth altars, working with the land and found materials.

Spend the day in nature making art and meaning. Use your hands and creativity to express your emotions, intentions and blessings for the new year, and to ground the collective grief of these troubled times.

Creating Earth Altars is an ancient practice found in many cultures to honor milestones, process hard emotion, connect with the land and ancestry, and just bring more beauty to our lives.

I am devoted to the pursuit of impermanent beauty and how that can become nourishment for life to continue. As an artist, my eye is drawn toward the fallen and my hands yearn to resurrect and redeem that which is considered valueless. Every object I use is discovered in or around the place I build it. Every altar I create is informed and governed by forces larger than me: the sun, the wind, the rain, the traveling creatures, the season, the unexpected and unpredictable. It is an honest dialogue between the human and non-human world and an ever-changing conversation with moving pieces. ~ Day Schildkret

No experience necessary. Bring a sack lunch (or visit a Johns Landing business for lunch). Dress to be outdoors. In the unlikely event of extreme winter weather conditions, registrations will be honored at a springtime event.

Thank you to Cosponsor Living Earth.

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